First of all, welcome to the Depression Board. Quickly now, forget all about Mononucleosis being the "kissing disease". Kids just use that nickname to tease other kids, basically because they don't know any better. It's actually fairly difficult to get, and it's more of a weakened immune system thing. It isn't contracted from "kissing" or other bodily contact. I'm kind of an expert on Mono, since I am one of a very small population of people who have had two bouts with this illness.
The first time I had it, I was in junior high (about 12 yrs. old). It was funny cuz it did wonders for my reputation. HA-HA!!! I had it for about four months. My glands were swollen, I had a sore throat, I ran a low-grade temperature and I slept most of the time. People with mono have to be careful, because sometimes the spleen gets swollen and can rupture, which is really dangerous.
The second time I got mono, I came down with it over Christmas break my sophmore year in college. If you get mono twice, it's much worse the second time. I went back to school with a sore throat which started on New Years Eve, and I hadn't been kissing anyone!!! I was back at school three days, and I never made it out of bed. My roommate dragged me to the school infirmary because I was running a high fever and could barely talk because my toncils(sp?) were so swollen. They drew my blood and rushed it to the local hospital lab immediately. My blood had the highest white bloodcell count ever measured in that hospital. The doctor wouldn't even let me go back to my room until the bloodwork results came back. My Dad had to come back to my school, pack up my things, and take me back home. I immediately went to my doctor's office when I got back to my home town. My doctor was waiting there after hours to see me after talking to the infirmary doctor. I had to have Xylocaine syrup(like thick novacaine) poured down my throat so steriods pills could be forced down through my toncils. I was on steriods for a week. I don't remember much more, except that I slept until April. Literally.
Your husband is a pretty sick fellow, and will be for a long time. He will need a lot of rest in order to recover. Please have no fear that he got this illness from anyone else. His immune system is just run down and needs to recover.
Please feel free to ask any questions you might have. You can email me if you would like to talk to me personally.
- On Disablility for: Chronic Migraines, serious Back and Knee problems (will need surgery eventually), moderate Depression, Anxiety/Panic disorder, TMJ
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